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804 Dupont Street (416) 531-240

www.newcanadians.hhstores.ca New Canadians Lumber Home Building Centre has been serving the lumber and building material needs in the downtown Toronto area since 1974. It has always been family-owned and operated, by Jose Gabriel and Rogerio Henriques, currently employing over 65 employees. Located on the corner of Shaw and Dupont, New Canadians offers a huge selection of standard and custombuilt doors, flooring, plumbing, electrical, hardware, paint, high-end ceramic tiles, and kitchen & bath accessories from all over the world, all at competitive prices. We have one of the largest and most complete lumberyards in downtown Toronto and delivery is always available, which is why Toronto’s best contractors choose to shop at New Canadians Lumber.


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Luíz Felipe Scolari is the head coach of the Portuguese National Soccer team and is credited with leading the National team to its best finish in years. (Inset Top) Gilberto Madaíl, president of the Portuguese Federation of Soccer, poses with Top Choice Awards President Monica Couto, Vice President David Silvestre and Scolari. Scolari says this award belongs to the entire team and all members of the coaching staff and management

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Luíz Felipe Scolari

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Kids Island Daycare

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Capelas Construction

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Local 27

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Message From The President

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Europa Heating & Air LTD

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Casa Mia Ristorante

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Trican Masonry

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DSW Restaurant Equipment Suppliers

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Northern Comfort Windows & Doors

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Toni Martins

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ABCO Business Interiors

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Xpression Video

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Baby Land

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Ervanária Victoria

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Mach 2 Press

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Andrew Feldstein & Associates

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De Oliveira Hair Care Systems

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Ultimate Fitness

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Michael Chau’s Piano Emporium

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Help Yourself

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Unique Touch Tanning & Beauty

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California Sun Spa

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Multicultural Music Awards

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Azores Auto Group

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Bergel, Magence LLP

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Viso Shipping Freight Inc.

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Middleton Cosmetic Surgery Centre

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David Sklar & Associates

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Pedro Maia

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Bairrada Churrasqueira

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Jay’s Auto Collision

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Costa Law Firm

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Chunri Creations

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Fernando Vilhena

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Ferma Foods

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Dr. Oscar Manias

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Decor Terminal

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Golden Groceries

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Big Al’s Aquarium Services

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Happy Travellers

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Precious Flowers N’ Things

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Priority Plumbing

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Belo Fashions

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TOP CHOICE MAGAZINE ••••• Top Choice Magazine is the offi cial publication of Top Choice Awards Inc. Providing you a link to the top businesses and professionals, who have been voted or recommended by customers and clients for quality, service and value.

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TOP TEAM David Silvestre

Louro Jewellers

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Marbles of Portugal

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Creative Director

Celia Cuevas

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Tatiana Almeida

Spa Lumina

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The Children’s Academy

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Erin Mills Limousine Service

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Multicultural Media Awards

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Contributing Photographer

Natural Touch Aesthetics

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Julius Manalo / hybmed studios

JC Pimentel Photography

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Storburn Construction

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Canadian Linen & Uniform Service

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Miranda Windows & Doors

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Brill Dental

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IBX Services

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Capelas Construction

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Winescape

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Concord Furniture & Appliances

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Luis Branco

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Branco & Associates

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Fernando Perri

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Teixeira Accounting

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ADP

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Danca Brasil

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Jaipur Development Group

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Bochner Eye Institute

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Jaymor Group - Metro Condominiums

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Publisher Michael Fillier

Communications & Research Grace Beckham Marketing & Sales Sam Santos / JC Pimentel Photography

Cover Artist Rocco Commisso / tippedchair.com Contributing Artist

TOP CHOICE AWARDS ••••• Top Choice Awards is a surveying, marketing and event organizing institute. The organization conducts surveys and democratic polling identify the most popular businesses of the community.

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TOP MANAGEMENT Monica Couto President David Silvestre Vice-President

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In 1984, the Mollica Family purchased the original operation, opened at this location, and began their long, dedicated mission to establish Casa Mia today as a place that offers one of Niagara Region’s finest dining experiences. Recently, Casa Mia underwent extensive renovations. This major undertaking has netted a remarkable renaissance, and brings with it an authentic air of subtle elegance that flows through its lively new setting - a trattoria straight from the pages of Mediterranean history. Casa Mia also houses a piano lounge/bar (Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday night) and a fourteen seat private wine cellar making it an ideal place to entertain any crowd. Located on Niagara’s famous Wine Route, the Casa Mia fronts one of Niagara Region’s oldest and most historically significant roadways, Portage Road. Originally, it was an Indian Trail which later became the route for explorers and traders as they “portaged” between the Niagara River above the falls between Chippawa and Queenston. Thus the name of the thoroughfare today. Beyond its unique ambience, Casa Mia’s essential “ingredient” for providing an unforgettable dining experience, as all regular patrons know and new patrons quickly discover, is our source of culinary magic - Mother Luciana (Lucy) and son, Claudio. Together they coax from the kitchen what our guests come to Casa Mia for - one divine, mouth watering creation after another. Such creations have won a host of medals, innumerable accolades and an enviable degree of customer loyalty. Casa Mia’s reputation has been recognized with two Misty Awards in 1998 and 1999 for Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the Niagara Region. It has also been featured in several media sources including Restaurants by Sara Waxman, Chef’s Table and Daytime on Cogeco (Cable 10), New World Wine Tour on ONtv, AM Buffalo, City T.V.’s Breakfast Television, and in dozens of local and international newspapers and magazines. Now, in 2007, the recognition continues with the Top Choice Award for Top Italian Restaurant in the Niagara region. This award is further motivation for us to continue to do what we love… serve our customers. 10

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It’s not just a restaurant, it’s an experience. 3518 Portage Road, Niagara Falls (905) 356-5410 www.casamiaristorante.com

“Top Italian Restaurant of 2007”

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Top Restaurant Equipment Supplier

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Real Estate Sales Rep

TONI MARTINS (416) 606-3271 • www.ToniMartins.com

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oni Martins was born in May of 1970 in the city of Ludenshied, Germany where he lived and studied until 1983. That year his parents decided to return indefinitely to Portugal, to the city of Chaves, where they are originally from, and open up a restaurant. His transition was difficult, and it took time to get accustomed to the many changes that occurred in his life. He vowed never to leave his country; the idea of immigrating did not convince him at the time. He continued with his schooling attending Dr. Julio Martins and dividing his time between school and work. After completing grade 12, where he met his future wife Manuela, he moved on to university, but it was short lived, as he needed to go to the army (mandatory at the time). He attended service at the Regimento de Comandos in the city of Amadora. Except for weekends, it was a long 24 Month absence from home. When he finally returned he had already married his girlfriend Manuela and had their first child Emanuel. They realized that starting a family in Portugal had become very difficult and after the death of his mother not much held him back. So when Manuela (after having being raised in Canada since the age of three) decided it was time to move he only momentarily hesitated. In 1997 and with the English language, well not mastered but at least understood, he gave Real Estate a shot. He started with a Homelife company where he became top seller of the company the very first year of his career and has continued with this success ever since. After 6 years with the same company it was time to change to a bigger and better name and moved to Re/Max. His success not only grew but so did his knowledge of real estate. Today, Toni has three children, Emanuel, Alex and Ethan and his wife Manuela always behind him one hundred percent. Today as he looks back at his life and thinks of the vow he made of never leaving his country. “It is with great pleasure and appreciation that I thank you all for your trust and support and will continue to serve you with the best of my knowledge”

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“When an audience is watching your story, your goal is to make them feel something in the end. It is all about evoking emotion. Money is not so much a matter when you can express a moment of their life on fi lm because in the end if you can make them laugh or cry you’ve already achieved your goal and if they stand and clap then you have accomplished your talent. God only knows there is no price tag on that. That is what keeps my passion and willingness for my job in action”. – Danny Avelar

Top Videographer

XPRESSION VIDEO 416 320 9001 • www.XpressionVideo.com

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pression Video Productions was established in 2001. However, prior to its current existence, it was formally known as D. Avelar Video Productions, in which the company was named after its founder Danny Avelar. Since Danny was a child, his curiosity for film making and how television was transmitted was a life learning experience. Throughout his youth, Danny honed his video making skills through family functions such as Christmas and local church festivals. Danny began shooting wedding videos at a very young age, when his dad purchased the family’s first ever VHS camcorder. Without his parents knowing, Danny took advantage of the opportunity and began shooting with the new camera. As he matured, Danny really developed an interest in making movies, knowing that it was time to take action and pursue his career, Danny shot his first wedding video in 1994. A series of small, yet empowering experiences, taught Danny that his work could make an audience laugh and cry. With the mentoring of his close friend Bert Moniz, Danny was taught the basics of shooting weddings. He continued his education by going to college to further polish his ability to produce and create more appealing videos. At the age of 23, Danny decided to incorporate his business and challenge the real world of video production. It was a difficult start at first, but thanks to references from many of his loyal clients and close relationships with other videographer friends; Danny beat the odds and was proud to finally see his passion become his full time business. Today, Xpression Video Productions Inc has become a leading force in the wedding video industry and other commercial projects. In 2006, Xpression Video received an international award through WEVA (Wedding Events Videographers Association). In college Danny also received an award for best produced music video. Danny’s credibility and loyalty to his clients is what has made Xpression Video what it is today. His belief that film-making is not only a memory made up of sights and sounds, comes with many years of professional experience that has taught him that film-making is also a story that evokes feeling. 14

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Sam Santos/JC Pimentel Photography Antonio Medeiros, jamais ira parar. Com outras Ervanarias Victoria abertas na cidade de Hamilton e Montreal , Ele consegue tempo para ajudar e contentar todos aqueles que precisam da sua ajuda,ele esta sempre disposto a dar o seu melhor.

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ndrew Feldstein & Associates is comprised of a team of lawyers and law clerks, all of whom practise family law exclusively. As a result, all of the staff members are experts in their field. Each of the lawyers working on the Andrew Feldstein & Associates team are assisted by experienced Law Clerks who take great pride in ensuring that each of their Clients receives as much attention, support and assistance as is necessary to satisfy the Client. It is the goal of the entire team at Andrew Feldstein and Associates to see that each of their Clients’ needs are met in the most professional and helpful manner possible.

PRACTICE FOCUS

If you are facing the prospect of divorce or separation, then you need someone to make you aware of and protect your LEGAL RIGHTS. Andrew Feldstein & Associates has an enviable record of success in fighting for their clients’ rights in all aspects of family law, including divorces, custody and access, spousal and child support, restraining orders and division of family property. They also negotiate separation agreements on behalf of their clients. Their job is to serve their clients by giving them sound professional advice and by using their aggressiveness, compassion and experience to seek a fair and comprehensive settlement promptly.

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WE PROVIDE FAMILY LAW SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Divorce and separation agreements Obtaining child and spousal support orders Restraining and non-harassment court orders Custody, access and guardianship Variation of agreements and court orders Division of family property, sale of family property and orders freezing assets  Adoption  Uncontested Divorces      

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TOP FAMILY LAW SERVICES

905.415.1636 20 Crown Steel Drive, Suite 10 www.separation.ca

Andrew Feldstein graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. He used to work in corporate commercial law, which enhanced his ability to be effective in family law activities – in particular his experiences in disputes involving clients that are self-employed or have shares in a business. Prior to his legal career, Andrew Feldstein worked for the Metropolitan Toronto Social Services Department, evaluating and approving people for social assistance. His previous business experience includes work for an accounting fi rm, at which he prepared fi nancial statements for small businesses.

Put us in your corner and we will ďŹ ght for YOUR RIGHTS!

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TOP HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB

Category Name Here WINNER NAME HERE

ULTIMATE FITNESS 566 BRYNE DR • 79 BELLFARM RD Telephone 705-733-3410 • 705-737-3577 Address WWW.ULTIMATEFITNESSBARRIE.COM

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THE OWNER

Monica Couto with President & Founder, Ken Walters Ken Walters, President, and Founder Ultimate Fitness Health Clubs, Barrie Ontario Education: Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario Previous Business: Elbowroom Nightclub, Mississauga Ontario Other Interests: Currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Pro-Fitness Alliance, a non-profit organization for independent clubs. From the time I was 12 I enjoyed training, training of any kind. Whether it was running, cycling, lifting weights in my garage, or

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playing a game that would work up a sweat; I simply loved to work-out. It became a necessary part of my life as I moved through the ranks of football leagues as a collegiate player and finally in the semi-pro leagues of Canada and Europe. At the end of my football career while visiting family in Barrie it dawned on me that this growing city was a perfect fit for me. This was the perfect place to turn my life long hobby into my business.

THE COMPANY In September of 1999 we began pre-selling memberships for Ultimate Fitness at the Georgian mall and by January 2000 we opened our doors (556 Bryne Drive) with 1200 members and have never looked back. Within a year we began providing personal training services to our members helping our members reach their personal goals effectively and faster than ever before. In the process our members bragged about their progress and our membership base continued to climb. Our Mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families

to develop healthy, lifetime habits and improve their quality of life. Creating a sense of pride in our members, our staff, and our community, through superior service and facilities. It is our hope that each person that walks through the doors of Ultimate Fitness, will leave feeling better about themselves and the Club for having done so. After 6 years in the community we took the opportunity to service the community better with a second facility at 79 Bell Farm Rd. The building itself has its own history as one of the first fitness clubs in the city. It was a tennis club in the 1970’s. In meeting with the standards set out in our mission statement we used considerable resources to restore and update the facility to the standard our members have come to expect. We have also been able to create additional opportunities for creating healthy lifestyles with unique programs such as squash, basketball, and most recently the Twin Dragons kickboxing club. I feel we have lived up to our Mission Statement and nothing makes a more compelling argument of that than The Peoples Top Choice Award for 2007!

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TOP CAR DEALERSHIP

AZORES AUTO GROUP 877 College St, Toronto (416) 533-9264 www.azoresautogroup.com Azores Car Sales Ltd was established in 1979, located at 877 College St, Toronto, has over 28 years of experience in the specialized market of prestigious automobiles. To better serve our community we expanded our services, in 1983 to Hamilton and in 1993 to Brampton. Azores Car Sales Ltd has strived through the years to bring his customers the best quality automobiles along a proper warranty plan, service, leasing and ďŹ nancing Azores Car Sales Ltd is very thankful to our community for the support through all these years. Our success and reputation was built by our faithful customers.

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VISO SHIPPING FREIGHT INC. (416) 533-9127 601 Indian Grove, Toronto www.VisoViseu.com

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iso Shipping has been in business for over 15 years and in those years we have become one of the largest shippers of containers to and from Portugal. We have built a solid reputation based on honesty and reliability. Our customers know that if they “book with us”, that all will go well. Viso agents in Portugal are diligent in their work and have served our company and our customers well over the years. Our agents take care of all the paper work (and in Portugal that’s a lot of paper) involved in releasing the containers and forwarding them to the customer’s home. They also take care of the legalization of vehicles, imported into Portugal for and by our customers In the last six years we have also expanded our

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Our customers know that if they “book with us”, that all will go well.

business to other parts of the world, in fact we are actively and successfully advertising in other ethnic communities, such as Brazilian, Italian, African and East European. Our success is measured by our long list of satisfied customers. Our dedicated staff works hard to ensure that our customers are completely satisfied at every step of the way.

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Top Bankruptcy Trustee

David Sklar & Associates Inc. www.DavidSklar.com 4 Locations To Serve You * HEAD OFFICE | NORTH YORK - SCARBOROUGH (Don Mills & Sheppard) Suite 720, 245 Fairview Mall Drive, North York (416) 498-9200

* NORTH YORK - WEST (Finch & Keele) Suite 406, 1280 Finch Avenue West, Downsview (416)667-1507

* ETOBICOKE - MISSISSAUGA (427 & Burnamthorpe) Suite 133, 21 Four Seasons Place, Etobicoke (416)621-7448

* TORONTO - MIDTOWN WEST (On St. Clair between Bathurst & Dufferin) Main Floor, 845 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto (416)652-0800


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avid Sklar & Associates Inc. ( DSAI ) has grown dramatically and is considered one of the larger filers of proposals and bankruptcy for consumers and small businesses in the GTA. The cornerstone of the business has been a commitment to Integrity, high morals and to finding creative solutions in dealing with financial problems. Success is evidence by the numerous client and professional referrals coming back to the company. The personal satisfaction involved in financial restructuring led David into the world of Insolvency. The challenges of emigration and adaptation to his new home had also identified a need in the ethnic communities for both teachers and role models in insolvency and problematic financial matters.

and people are left with a a much clearer picture as to what options or alternatives are available . The most common comments made are: “ I should have done this years ago “ , or “ I feel I can make a rational and practical decision, after acquiring the necessary information from DSAI “.

David immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1979. He had received his Chartered Accountant designation in South Africa and obtained his Canadian designation in 1981. He has been interviewed on the television program, “Report on Business”. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Institute of of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and he he holds the designation CIRP ((Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional) and The company has taken on a small is a general member of of the Onfamily business flavor, not surpris- tario Association of Insolvency and ing given David’s adherence to strong Restructuring professionals . He is family values and beliefs. The first also a licensed Credit Counsellor. ■ consultation is always at no charge David’s philosophy is to add value to all those stakeholders in the Insolvency Profession. More specifically: • arm debtors and bankrupt’s with the necessary information and tools to avoid a recurrence of financial problems and in it’s place, to teach the accumulation of wealth and financial independence. • to creditors: the provision of accurate and timely information so as to maximize potential dividend returns • to the Superintendent of Bankruptcy and the Bankruptcy Court: the timely and accurate administration of all estates in accordance with the applicable statutes.

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Top Portuguese Take-out BAIRRADA CHURRASQUEIRA 4 Locations Across The GTA • 416 539 8239 www.Bairrada.ca 26

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Bairrada was founded in 1989 and offers a casual family ambiance, to savour authentic Portuguese cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable environment.


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COSTA LAW FIRM (416) 535-6329 1015 Bloor St W Toronto

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on Toronto’s main Bloor Street West artery. His team of skilled and experienced lawyers and staff address all legal areas ranging from corporate and immigration to estates, personal injury and family.

His humble father Avelino, from mainland Portugal, instilled a strong work ethic. David’s mother Armelina, from the Azorean island of Teixeira, introduced social awareness and practical sensibility.

David focuses his personal energy on defending the wrongly accused and those otherwise struggling through the criminal justice system. His insight in helping those overcome tragic inner and social confl ict remain a key reason people in crisis choose David to defend their causes, great and small.

avid Costa’s devotion to advance the community’s best interests in court has made him a repeat winner as our favourite lawyer.

With degrees in music and education from the University of Toronto, and further accolades from the Royal Conservatory of Music, David’s diverse background groomed him to teach World Issues and both American and Canadian history. This led to his interest in law, resulting with David acquiring law degrees from BOTH countries!

... staff address all legal areas ranging from corporate and immigration to estates, personal injury and family.

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TOP REAL ESTATE BROKER FERNANDO VILHENA, eRB, FRI Broker of Record Began real estate career in 1977 as a sales representative. Obtained real estate broker’s license in 1979. Opened own office in 1979. Obtained CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) Designation in 1985. Obtained FRI (Fellow of the Real Estate Institute) Designation in 2006. Owned and operated own real estate offices since 1979. Active member of many well-known real estate associations

FERNANDO VILHENA PREMORE® ADVANTAGE REALTY INC. 1043 Bloor St. W, Toronto (416) 536-5600 • www.premore.ca The future is here and it’s called “PREMORE”® Canada’s Real Estate Alternative.

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r. Fernando Vilhena started his career as an agent in a traditional real estate office back in 1977, when the Real Estate market was quite different than it is today. In 1979 the young Mr. Vilhena opened his own company, “PREMORE”® Real Estate Limited, in an 800 square foot office on College St. in Toronto. Within two years the business grew to twenty-five Agents. Eventually, an old house on 1043 Bloor St. W, Toronto was purchased and renovated to become the new 5000 square foot, state of the art, PREMORE® office building, housing forty five producing Agents. Many offices, Brokers and Agents did not last the recession but Mr. Vilhena was determined not to be a victim. He realized that traditional Real Estate wasn’t the answer anymore 28

and felt that people wanted to have a choice, and they wanted better value and they wanted to play a greater role in the sales process. That’s when the “990 Opportunity”™ was born.

time answering and defending these complaints, than actually selling homes!

The Competition Bureau later deemed that the Toronto Real Estate Board was incorrect After considerable concept in their rulings and were instructed evaluation, the “990 Opportu- to reverse charges against “PREnity”™ was consumer tested in the MORE”®. As a result, sub agreemarket to rave reviews. However, ments were allowed and Vendors the majority of the Brokers and were allowed to conduct their own Agents were not ready to accept “open house”, all thanks to Mr. Vilthis new way of offering homes for hena’s resilience and development sale and neither was the Toronto of the “990 Opportunity”™ of Real Estate Board. In fact, the To- selling homes. One Agent, alone, ronto Real Estate Board refused to sold one hundred and sixty-three process any “PREMORE”® listings (163) homes in 1996 using the”990 that were being contracted under Opportunity”™. the new system. According to the rules of the Board, “PREMORE”® In December of 1996 Mr. was operating against the rules! Vilhena ceased operating his TraThe Board was barraged with ditional Real Estate franchise and complaints from the Real Estate opened “PREMORE”® - Advantage community and “PREMORE”® was Realty Ltd., in that old renovated spending more and more valuable house at 1043 Bloor St. W.

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Top Merit Recipient JULIAN FANTINO

I started practicing chiropractic in the Portuguese community in downtown Toronto in 1979. I have been at my present location at 790 College Street for approximately 27 years. I see patients that suffer from low back pain, neck problems and headaches and treat sports injuries that involve joint problems such as the shoulder, knee and ankle. Most recently we have become involved in dispensing custom made orthotics and orthopedic shoes and we have a computerized Gait Analysis available for this. I also have a busy practice using acupuncture. Our clinic is involved with rehabilitation and rehabilitative exercise as well. We process many patients that have been injured at work through the Workers Compensation (WSIB). Additionally, we treat patients that have been injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents.

Dr. Oscar Manias

Chiropractor

Top Chiropractor two years in a row

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Top Grocery Retailer GOLDEN GROCERIES

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5 Locations Across The GTA • 905 612 8288 www.goldengroceries.com

olden Groceries is a mark of collaborated effort, it is a family business. It was initiated by three brothers, Harjit Bhathal, Harjinder Bhathal and Bhupinder Bhathal who came from India, determined to become entrepreneurs. The fi rst grocery store they launched was in 1989 (579 Kerr Street, Oakville), which only consisted of two employees. After realizing that the new location was limited in space, they decided on relocating to a larger facility in the same plaza. They successfully created a solid customer base, offering outstanding services and quality products. Even when the economy was in recession and the businesses were going bankrupt at a record level, they were able to succeed and establish Golden Groceries.

Harjit, Harjinder, and Bhupinder Bhathal, Owners remarkable; the number of customers that put forth the effort and came out to show their appreciation towards them was amazing. In 2006, they opened up their fourth location in Brampton (4525 Ebenezer Road) and a fi fth location in 14th Avenue, Markham.

The stores do not only consist of groceries, but instead encompass many other facilities, such as Western Union, Lottery and The next 3 years in Oakville until No- passport pictures. From 2003 to 2006, vember 1993, (when the store was sold) Golden Groceries have been receiving an were years of success. The three brothers honorary reward from Western Union for soon decided to launch a business in Mis- their outstanding customer service and for sissauga at Airport Road. This was the the high number of transactions. These turning point in the history of Golden services are also served to customers with Groceries Limited; they made their name respect and integrity. Through years of well known to the customers for quality, hard work, dedication and the grace of outstanding services, and cleanness. God, they have been able to reach their current position. With the support of customers and the increasing demand for the services offered The family of Golden Groceries Limited by Golden Groceries, they were able to is grateful towards their customers for open another branch in Brampton – 305 supporting them for many years and alCharolais Blvd in 1999. They had two lowing them to be where they are today. prime locations in Brampton and Missis- The main success of Golden Groceries is sauga. In 2005, they were able to build based on the loyalty and devotion of their a new distribution centre and their third associates and by working as a family to location (approximately 40000) sq. feet exceed their goals. Golden Groceries will at 2975 Drew Road, Mississauga, on 2 continue to work hard and provide their acres of land. The opening of Golden customers with the utmost respect and Groceries for this particular location was outstanding service. 30

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4525 Ebenezer Rd. Brampton 905-913-0763 305 Charolais Blvd. Brampton (905) 452-8780 2975 Drew Rd. Mississauga Tel: 905-612-8288 7180 Airport Road Mississauga (905) 612-8288 5995 14th Ave. Markham 905-201-8570

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YOU (416) 762-8662

Are Our Top Priority

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Top Plumbing Services

FAST, FRIENDLY & AFFORDABLE Priority Plumbing is a full service, one stop, Plumbing, Drainage, and Heating Service provider, making it an easy choice for all your plumbing needs! Serving Toronto for over 50 years, our highly skilled staff will provide a standard of service excellence, which you can only expect from licensed professionals. From the moment that we arrive to your home or business, it will be obvious that you’ve made the right choice in calling us. Our competitors claim to offer similar services to ours. Their staff usually work on sales motivated, commission based salaries. Do they really have your best interests at heart? Our team of technicians are proud Priority Plumbing employees, given every resource necessary to ensure that you receive the best service at the best price. At Priority Plumbing our customers always come first! Priority Plumbing is a Toronto based family owned company

specializing in plumbing, drainage and hot water heating repair and installation. We recognize the need for high quality service in the Toronto area. That’s why our company was built on a family tradition of quality craftsmanship and expert plumbing services. When you invite a Priority Plumbing technician to you home, you are inviting a highly skilled and trained professional who will always respect you and your home and is eager to resolve your problem quickly, efficiently, and affordably What can you expect from our staff? •

Friendly fully-licensed and highly skilled technicians

Professional appearance and attitude

Full explanation of work being done and the reasoning behind it

Unconditional respect for your family and home

Keeping your best interest in mind

Fast, Friendly, and Affordable.

Contact us today, YOU ARE OUR PRIORITY.

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Kids Island Daycare Centre became a government licensed daycare on December 08, 2006, this milestone marks our steps to getting where we are today. Co r re s p o n din g t o t h e slogan that “Every child is a little genius”, Kids Island provides the most professional educators for the kids. Not only are the teachers exceptional in their duties, but the children acquire the complete knowledge they need during their window of opportunity. All children are assigned to one of the

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five large and bright classrooms. Every day is filled with interesting and collaborative activities as well the kids practice extra-curricular activities that include French, English, Russian, Math, Ballet and Dance, Music and Speech Therapist services. Since our centre is multilingual, starting with toddlers and ranging to pre-schoolers, children get to experience three languages at once! Visit us at www.kidsisland.ca or call us at 905-482-1784. WWW.TOPCHOICEAWARDS.COM


LOOKING BACK WITH PRIDE... LOOKING FORWARD WITH VISION

Thank you to the community for our 4th consecutive Top Choice Award. We will continue to support your interests and challenge ourselves to improve. Thank you to the community for your support.

4-TIME RECIPIENT

Carpenters Union, Central Ontario Regional Council 222 Rowntree Dairy Rd Vaughan, ON L4L 9T2 905-652-4140 * 905-652-4139


Top Heating & Air Conditioning

EUROPA HEATING & AIR LTD (416) 537-4296 • www.europaair.net

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uropa Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd is a family owned and operated business and has been servicing the Greater Toronto Area and the Portuguese community for almost 30 years. The company was founded in 1980 by Manuel Barreto, who migrated to Toronto from Portugal in 1979. Serving for his country in the war in Angola for 2 years Manuel Barreto was forced to leave behind a home, family and dreams.

over the years. With 3 trades in hand Manuel Barreto began to install, and most importantly assisted in maintaining and servicing, all residential and commercial equipment. Being one of the only 2 Heating & Air companies in the Portuguese community at the time, Manuel found himself overwhelmed with work. There was high demand on heating and cooling needs especially in the Portuguese community. Europa Heating & Air Conditioning soon became a house hold name.

Adapting to changes in the industry, Mr. Barreto found it easy to learn new trades such as refrigeration, heating and air conditioning. With his knowledge in electrics, he started off by servicing Air Conditioners and furnaces; it wasn’t much longer before he began installing them! Within 3 years he became self-employed and started this company along side his beloved wife, the heart of the company. Europa maintained its integrity and commitment to all their clients

Having a passion more for the Heating & Cooling aspect of the business, Mr. Barretto’s son, Michael Barretto, focuses more time into learning and acquiring all the licenses needed to work in the HVAC industry. Learning from his father all the tools needed to work in the field, Michael continues to learn and adapt to the newest technologies in the industry today and remains committed and loyal in helping to bring comfort, safety, efficiency and a healthy home to

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each one of us. Hence why Manuel and Michael Barreto in 2003, both decided to expand more into the industry by starting Europa Duct Cleaning. a sub-division of Europa Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. A question asked regularly is “are there any health benefits that come from HVAC system cleaning”? Each time the fan goes on, it forces them into your living environment for you to breathe... morning, noon and night. Now recognized as a major asthma, allergy and respiratory causing problem, by the American Lung Association and other leading medical authorities. Doctors and allergists commonly prescribe home air duct cleaning as a solution. Even new homes have been found to contain hazardous construction materials & drywall dust within the air duct system. Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air-they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations are higher. WWW.TOPCHOICEAWARDS.COM


TRICAN MASONRY IS ONCE AGAIN THE PROUD RECIPIENT OF THE TOP CHOICE AWARD FOR MASONRY COMPANY OF THE YEAR. THANK YOU TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS.

305 Iroquois Ave. | Mississauga, On L5G 1M8 Tel: (905) 278-7800 | Fax: (905) 278-7855


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Change... your house, house, into a home. COMMITMENT

Northern Comfort windows and Doors are committed to providing consumers with the highest level of quality workmanship and service of such excellence that you would, without hesitation, recommend us to your friends, neighbours and relatives. You can be rest assured that your investment in your home is well protected. A satisfied customer is our greatest asset.

INSTALLATION Your window is only as good as the installation. You can have the best window, but if it is not installed right, it won’t be energy efficient. All of our installers are Window Wise Certified and factory trained. As dedicated crafts people, they take great pride in their work and a job well done. With meticulous attention to detail, they strive to complete each job to your complete satisfaction.

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Top Office Furniture Retailer

Q: What is the “Affordable Alter The ABCO Group of Companies

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he ABCO Group was founded in 1987, and has consistently grown at a rapid pace over the past 20 years. We are a Toronto based Canadian owned and operated company. Our diversity has afforded us the opportunity to become a one stop shop when it comes to office relocation services, new business start ups and office furnishing.

AB CO Business Interiors is a purveyor of quality Ergonomic office furniture solutions. Professional, knowledgeable consultants mixed with a wide range of top suppliers have allowed us to consistently meet or exceed our customer’s expectations. Offering intelligent office solutions at an affordable price has afforded us t he opp or tunity to g row and maintain the largest New & Used office furniture showroom in the GTA.

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ABCO Office Moving and Installations AB C O Of f ice Moving and Installations is one of Toronto’s most recognized office commercial moving specialists. Serving the Greater Toronto Area for over 20 years, this division can boast about servicing some of the largest and most influential clients in the city. If you have on office in the Toronto area, remember, all you need to know is ABCO.

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Top Baby Furniture Retailer BABY LAND 3175 Rutherford Rd, Building B Vaughan


Gone are the days when moms-to-be had to travel to New York or L.A. for quality and fashionable products. Baby Land is for all mothers who want quality products, extensive variety, exceptional service and affordable prices – all in one gorgeous package. We’ve designed Baby Land with sensitivity to expectant mothers and moms with strollers. Inside, you will find a spacious environment with attractive displays showcasing the latest in unique, hand-crafted furniture, the largest selection of strollers in the GTA, high chairs, bathtubs, safety accessories, clothing, bedding and more. We are equipped with a comfortable, private nursing/changing room, a unique stroller test track and people love our easy, baby gift registry. Best of all, our staff is a terrific team of experienced and knowledgeable people who understand the importance of customer service.

Baby Land, like most great things, was born out of necessity. Elina Gelfand, owner and mother of two, decided that it was about time the Northern part of Toronto had a quality baby store with proper customer service that met a mother’s needs, without forcing her to travel all over the city for baby products, through traffic, parking problems, etc. On November 11, 2006, Baby Land opened its’ doors to the public. “When I was pregnant, I used to dread having to run from store to store with my toddler looking for quality products. I remember wishing for just one store where I could find everything. There were a few small boutiques downtown where I could find some things, but between traffic and parking, shopping became a nightmare... Having spoken to many other moms, I knew that I wasn’t alone. That’s why I decided to create Baby Land.”

Come and visit us soon!

(905) 761-0301 www.Baby-Land.com


Top Printing Company (416) 516-9005 • www.Mach2Press.com

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ach II Press is a family owned printing company located in Toronto built on hard work, integrity, dedication and a commitment to providing printing excellence. Mach II press specializes in high quality digital and traditional offset printing including large format posters along with a full range of finishing services. Our customers benefit from our vast amount of knowledge and experience in providing excellent service and printing solutions available to them. Equally important to us is our desire to learn and listen to our customers needs

and fully understand their business. Delivering on time and within budget is a great asset we possess and pride on. James Machado president of Mach II Press, his wife Angela and their two sons Jimmy and Jonathan along with a dedicated team of print professionals work to ensure our customers receive the highest quality printing services available. Our success is your success, providing printing solutions is our business and satisfying customers is what we do best. Mach II Press is honored to be selected as the Top Choice in the

category of printing services for the second consecutive year and we thank all of our customers for voting. Discover the value of working with one company that can provide all your printing needs. Mach II Press!

James Machado, President

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De Oliviera Hair Care Systems represents the acquisition of a proven consumer hair care product, offering the latest technology, innovation, environmentally responsible products, high profile customers and over 30 years of business experience.

Hair Care Systems Inc.

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n 1968 my first job as a modest showroom in the front of the store. in Canada was Meanwhile, working full working at the Matime at Heinztman Piano son & Risch Piano Company provided me Company as an with substantial exposure assembly line worker. to many individuals at After gaining much exmany different levels in perience in building the the music industry, from piano and its mechamusicians to other techninisms, I was hired to cians to top salespeople. work for the renowned Michael Chau, Owner Robert Lowrey, owner of Heinztman Piano ComRobert Lowrey’s Pianos pany as an apprentice Experts, was a persisin piano restoration. tent man who insisted on My spare time outside enticing me as his shop of work was spent on doing repairs for other retail piano foreman, and he refused to take “No” stores, such as Bechstein Pianos and for an answer. I left Lowrey’s when I Lloyd Edward’s Yamaha Store. realized that my own business, Mike’s Pianos, demanded more from me. The In 1976, I established my own business continued to expand and part time business, Mike’s Pianos, I have a full staff of tuners, techniin a small storefront in the east end cians, movers, drivers and teachers of the Broadview Chinatown. I was to service and meet the needs of such able to accept the jobs that other institutions as York University, Toronto piano companies were unwilling to District School Board, City of Toronto’s take on. In 1978, the Gravenhurst Community Centres, Four Seasons Opera House’s concert grand was Hotel and many other prestigious badly in need of repairs but due to establishments. size and location, they were unable to find a company willing to do the In 1984, the business was renamed needed repairs. Heintzman Piano CO Y.C.Chau & Son Pianos Inc., selling had declined the job, and instead both new and fully restored classic recommended that I take on the job quality pianos. For many more years, personally. we were privileged to be presented with the *Outstanding Dealer Award* In 1980, I moved to a better in Canada by Kawai Canada. In commercial location to set up my own 1995 we were the first Canadian work shop including a spray booth dealer to receive recognition and facility for refinishing pianos, as well gain the distinguished *Inner Circle

Award* proudly held only by the larger American dealers in North America. In the past I have held many meetings in my stores to demonstrate piano repairs to both University of Western Ontario and Ryerson students registered in piano rebuilding and with my colleagues and members of the Ontario Piano Technician’s Guild. In 2006 I again expanded my business and opened my new location, Michael Chau’s Piano Emporium, in Vaughan. My reputation of being an accomplished piano technician as re garded by my peers in the industry may not have been achieved without the support of my family, friends and associates. Main Showroom/ Workshop 80 Bass Pro Mills Drive Unit 16 Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5W9 Tel: 905-738-7887 Showroom/ Music Studio 4211 Sheppard Ave. East Unit 210 Scarborough Tel: 416-293-3389

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Tanning & Beauty Salon

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ver the past 20 years I have enjoyed my passion and devotion in the hairstyling industry. I established Unique Touch Suntanning and Hair Design in 1984. I learned very quickly that hair fashion is as individual and unique as each and every one of us. I particularly love to create new looks for my clients in keeping up to date with the latest techniques and hair trends as they appear on the fashion scene. Through the years my hair creations have appeared on different media such as television, magazines, photo shoots, as well as fashion shows, hair competitions and bridal shows. During my career I have received many top

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awards for my recognition within the hair fashion industry. I have been a mentor to many hairstylists that have gone on to open their own successful salons through out Toronto. I pride myself in the fact, that through the years Unique Touch has become recognized as one of the premier salons in the Portuguese community. The love that I have for hair design keeps me constantly working on my own innovative techniques always pushing the boundaries of hair design to give my clients that special look and feel allowing each and everyone to express themselves through. For a number of years now Unique Touch has been recognized and I can proudly say, we have been

designated with the signature mark of L’Oreal Professional Elite Salon. Being an elite salon requires all of our staff to be fully trained and always upgrading and learning the latest and most innovative products and techniques available in the hair fashion world. I approach hair as an art and for me it’s an intuitive approach, a feeling that comes from listening and understanding my clients. The sense of fulfillment that I receive is enormous when you have your client radiant energy with great satisfaction over their new hair creation. Hair is an integral part of our personal identity and changing your look keeps us interesting to others and ourselves.

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PAVLO TOP GREEK MUSIC ARTIST


MULTICULTURAL MUSIC AWARDS 2007 THESE ARTISTS RECEIVED THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF VOTES IN THE PROPRIETARY MULTICULTURAL TOP CHOICE AWARDS 2007 SURVEY.

CARLO COPPOLA TOP ITALIAN MUSIC ARTIST GTA 2006 RECIPIENTS

HENRIK CIPREANO TOP PORTUGUESE MALE MUSIC ARTIST


Tia Emilia, this seat’s for you. An interview with 41 years of experience in “food from the heart.

Tia(Aunt) Emilia is the head cook and owner of Torreense Restaurant on 2066 Dundas St W. We sat down with her to learn more about her devotion to her work.

Let us know a little about your business experience? Before opening Torreense Restaurant in Toronto, I opened my own restaurant at the age of 19 years old in Portugal. Today I make sure that I go back, to visit my roots and realize how much I have learned since then.

“Cooking is my life… I live for it.” - Tia Emila

How long have you shared you serving the community? I have had this location on Dundas for over 9 years, serving the mainly the Portuguese Community, however in the recent years “Torreense” has become a destination for people of all cultures who wish to experience honest Portuguese cuisine. What are your most famous meals? Our most famous entrées are “Carne Alentejana”, “Bife a Casa”, and last but not least our seafood platter. Every 12th of November Tia Emila celebrates her existence. She is now 60 years old and when we asked her what is the most secret ingredient of her food? She replied with a tear rolling down her face “LOVE is the best ingredient that I put into my cooking.” What plans does she have for the future? Passing the business to someone she loves or selling are options, BUT when her 41 years (and counting) of cooking are over, her mission will dedicated to the elderly. She wants to befriend those in need, helping them smile during the last days of their lives.

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ergel, Magence is an established personal injury law firm in Toronto, Ontario. The firm has been helping car accident victims, slip & fall victims and other personal injury sufferers for 35 years. We are experts in personal injury matters in Ontario. We have chosen to keep Bergel, Magence as a medium-sized law firm - large enough to provide all the legal service you need, yet small enough to give close, personal attention to every one of our clients. Our practice specializes in personal injury matters - winning you the maximum settlement for injuries caused by slips and falls and motor vehicle accidents as well as similar misfortunes. Our work has won us a wide reputation over the years. People respect our commitment to getting our clients the full financial settlement they deserve. We’ll take your case all the way to court if we have to.

GROUNDBREAKING “PERSONAL INJURY” LEGAL WORK In 1998, the firm was instrumental in establishing an important legal precedent, advancing the rights of injured parties everywhere across Ontario. Since then, experts have estimated this groundbreaking precedent has brought about hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance payouts to personal injury victims. Hy Bergel has been handling personal injury cases, injury claims and injury settlements since 1972, with a focus on slip and fall cases. Jeremy Magence, Lorne Climans, Christopher Finlay, Andrew Bergel & Ilan Bergel specialize in motor vehicle litigation and accident benefits, especially trial work. They are experienced litigators.

MEET OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER TEAM Our team includes an impressive roster of experienced personal injury lawyers.

LAWYERS WHO TREAT YOU WITH RESPECT At Bergel, Magence we do not take any money up-front from our clients. If we decide to take your case, we’re paid a set percentage of the money we get for you. That percentage is our total reimbursement. If we

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get you nothing, you pay nothing. That way, we’re on the same side together. We share your interests. And that’s your best guarantee of our total commitment to your needs. We also cover the costs of building up your case. Usually these involve pay-outs to other professionals - doctors, accountants and so on - whose expertise will help us build up the strongest possible case (and win you the biggest possible settlement). These costs can often be very expensive, and ultimately they’ll be paid for as part of your settlement. But when we believe in the justice of your case, we put out the money up front. It’s all part of our commitment to you.

LAWYERS WHO GO THE DISTANCE At Bergel, Magence we are not just negotiators. Our goal is not to simply negotiate personal injury settlements. If we can’t get you the best settlement through negotiation, we do not hesitate to go to trial. Most personal injury lawyers are unwilling to go to court. They prefer to avoid the trouble and expense of a trial, by hiring outside lawyers to do the courtroom work for them. This is nearly always more expensive for you, since the costs of the litigation firm are added on to the fees your lawyer charges you. Or they may prefer to negotiate settlements whenever possible, which might not be in your best interest. That’s not how we do it at Bergel, Magence We take your case as far as we have to - including all the way to court. And because we’re willing to go all the way, we usually find we don’t have to! The insurance companies know we mean business. And consequently, they’re often ready to offer larger settlements. They don’t want to call our bluff - because they know we’re not bluffing!

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“Advanced Treatments to correct nature’s imperfections”

Dr. William G. Middleton


Top Cosmetic Surgery miDDleton CosmetiC surgery Centre (416) 966-3223 • 120 Spadina Rd. • www.middletoncosmetic.com

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William G. Middleton is proud to be the recipient of this year’s Top Choice Award. An expert in the field of cosmetic surgery for over 20 years, Dr. Middleton and the staff of the Middleton Cosmetic Surgery Centre employ a comprehensive approach to patient care by offering both surgical and non-surgical procedures to both enhance and restore a patient’s appearance. Located in a warm and inviting Victorian brownstone at 120 Spadina Road in Toronto, Dr. Middleton’s friendly, knowledgeable staff instills confidence, while striving for perfection in their treatments. Dr. Middleton is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, as well as being an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. He is regularly featured on Style by Jury and Skin Deep where he artfully transforms candidates into jaw-dropping “Wow’s!” with his skill and expertise. His goal is to achieve a natural refreshed look: “Cosmetic surgery that doesn’t leave you looking plastic”. Dr. Middleton is widely recognized for his outstanding primary and revision rhinoplasties, or ‘nose jobs’. Liposuction for both men and women remains his most popular procedure, having treated thousands of patients over the past two decades. Other surgical specialties include designer face, brow and eye lifts to correct droopy facial skin associated with aging and sun damage. Body contouring, breast augmentation and tummy tucks are very popular with women after childbirth and breast feeding, and can greatly improve one’s self-esteem. All surgeries are performed on-site with overnight facilities and complimentary parking available. The Middleton Cosmetic Clinic contains a state of the art MediSpa offering the latest in non-surgical anti-aging technology. Open Monday through Saturday, it is among the first in the city of Toronto to offer Ultrashape: the only scientifically proven means of non-surgically eliminating localized fat deposits. Other MediSpa services include Accent, the next generation of thermal skin tightening for the face and body and fraxenated laser skin peels which effectively eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, while refining pores and skin texture. Epilite laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, cellulite treatments, and intense pulsed light photo facials to repair sun damage and broken capillaries are also very popular treatments that aid in maintaining a fresh, youthful looking appearance. Often referred to as ‘lunchtime treatments” MediSpa treatments have little or no down time, and are performed in an hour, allowing the patient to resume normal activities almost immediately. The Middleton Cosmetic Surgery Centre is one of the premier Botox practices in the City of Toronto. Botox injections are a fast and easy way of achieving a naturally refreshed look by temporarily eliminating the worry lines, crows’ feet, and brow furrows that make an individual look tired and grumpy. Injectable fillers can be used to flesh out smile lines and folds, correct acne scars, and augment lips. For a consultation with Dr. Middleton, call the office at 416-966-3223, and visit www.middletoncosmetic.com for more information on Dr. Middleton and the Centre.


financial and insurance advisors. Maia makes it his mission to educate customers on the products and services they have bought or are buying. He gives customers options and spends hours educating them. He compares himself to Mike Holmes, a contractor on television’s Holmes on Homes, who tries to fix the damage already inflicted on people’s homes. Similarly, Maia looks out for people and guides them to fix potential problems and achieve their dreams. His firm provides full financial services including insurance, financial and estate planning and conservation, mortgages and loans. Well connected both inside and outside the Portuguese community, Maia helps his clients find many other services, too.

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PEDRO MAIA 416 789 4527 3200 Dufferin St. Suite 210, Toronto

In regard to insurance, he says, “The biggest misconception people have about insurance is that it’s expensive. It’s not. It’s expensive not to have it if something happens.” Maia treasures his family and credits his success to wife, Ellen, who supports him in supporting his clients.

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FIRST YEAR, “STARTING UP” Most new businesses start much the same way. First there’s an idea for a product or service that customers will pay for. Next is a plan—written or not—to buy or build the products, or develop the service; locate the facilities, hire the people, develop the systems and raise the money to create, market, deliver and service the products. After the doors open, however, the similarities end—businesses tend to go in all sorts of different directions. But long-lasting growth enterprises do share a consistent set of future challenges. As they move along the course of business life, entrepreneurs must face and overcome obstacles relating to hiring, planning, refining, systemizing, evolving and, finally, exiting the business. The key to knowing which challenges are next is to look at your business’s timeline. Depending on whether you’re a startup, in the growing years from two to five, refining your approach from five to 10, maturing from 10 years on or in the final exit stage, you’ll face predictable barriers. The good news is, many entrepreneurs have been there before you, and most of those impediments have solutions that are proven and repeatable.

2ND YEAR TO 5TH YEAR, “TIME TO GROW” After your first year, re-read the business plan you started with. One reason to review it now is to update and, if necessary, revise your goals or schedules. Re-reading your business plan also re-acquaints you with the goals you had in the beginning but may have lost touch with during the hectic startup days. Fix these goals in mind as you enter years two through five. Now is the time to begin formalizing the processes and procedures you’ve developed during your first year. The basic goal is to get information out of people’s heads and onto paper. Writing down operations procedures in a manual also helps you think through the elements of critical tasks in the company. Having a system that’s rational and repeatable is invaluable as you plan for your first sustained growth phase. www.topchoiceawards.com

Charting your business

TIMELINE

Where do you stand?

As you enter this first growth phase, you may hire your first employees or begin bringing on new people in greater numbers than before. Foolproof this process by writing job descriptions for all positions new and old. Well thought-out job descriptions help you hire the right people for the right jobs. They’ll also guide you in developing training that provides additional skills to people already hired. Sales and marketing processes also cry out for standardization. Carefully consider the face you want to present to customers. Codify the messages, images and other marketing materials used to present it. Look at everything—from the way service reps answer your phones to the color of your company trucks. A standardized marketing message is vital for differentiating yourself from your competitors and establishing brand identity. At some point, your company is likely to grow too large to manage in the handson way you may have used successfully in the beginning. It’s time to hire a management team, which may mean anyone from a supervisor who will oversee the night shift

to a COO responsible for a wide array of day-to-day decisions. Either way, you’ll have to let go and delegate some authority, and that’s often difficult for entrepreneurs used to signing every check and approving every expense. Make it easier by asking yourself what kind of person you can work with and creating highly specific job descriptions for managers you can truly have faith in. Personal savings, friends-and-family money and bootstrapping suffice to start many a new enterprise, but as your company grows, its needs for capital are likely to outstrip those initial funding sources. The good news is that now you have a track record, you’ll be much more attractive to banks, angel investors and other financing sources. And while you may have been able to borrow from a family member with nothing more than a handshake, it’s important to know that institutional financial sources require more documentation. Prepare for near-future financing needs by moving as soon as possible to institute solid bookkeeping procedures. Generate regular and accurate continued on page 58

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accounting reports including income statements, cash flow projections and balance sheets. Bear in mind that banks are most concerned with feeling certain their loan will be repaid, while venture investors are willing to gamble with a higher risk of failure in return for the chance to earn annual rates of return of 35 percent or more through a sale or merger within three to five years. Angel investors, another source of capital for firms at this stage, may be motivated by any combination of those two, along with the simple desire to help an entrepreneur like you to succeed.

5TH TO 10TH YEAR, “GROWING TO THE NEXT LEVEL” After several years in business, it’s not

uncommon to find sales slowing, demand slackening and growth stalling as you extract potential from the products, services, customers and markets you began with. One option at this point is to abandon these tiring horses and go in search of fresher mounts in the form of completely new products, services and markets. It makes more sense, however, for many firms to consider incremental expansion in the form of extensions of existing products and services. Developing a different size, color or packaging is much less risky than coming up with an entirely new product. And slight changes can allow you to sell to 58

significant numbers of new customers in old markets, as well as sell more to existing customers. Companies sometimes change locations to follow markets, customers and even suppliers, but the biggest reason for relocation is the simple requirement for more room. Employees need space to work, inventory needs space to be stored and, at some point, no amount of shoehorning can hide that it’s time to get a bigger place. If you’re considering a new facility, carefully analyze the labor force, transportation, communication, customer markets and other infrastructure issues that will affect the move’s success. These middle years are also a good time to turn the focus away from merely increasing sales and start spending more time and energy reducing costs. Larger organizations contain larger amounts of waste, so the bigger you are, the more you can benefit from improving your productivity. Pencil and paper are your biggest allies here, as you create flow charts, step-by-step instructions and systems diagrams to find out where the bottlenecks are, how you can cut waste and which processes may be eliminated entirely. And unlike sales increases, which only turn into profits after the costs of those sales are subtracted, cost cuts go directly to the bottom line. Only after you really understand your business’s systems should you consider turning to technology as a productivity booster. New computers and more sophisticated software laid over a dysfunctional business system will result in higher costs rather than higher productivity. Once you thoroughly analyze your systems and select technology that will help make them run more smoothly, don’t forget the training. Much of the cost of new technology comes from having to train employees in its use, but so does much of the benefit. Who’s going to pay for these new facilities, new technology and product development efforts? As a relatively mature company with a lengthy track record, you’re now squarely in the sweet spot of banks and private investors. You can negotiate better terms than before, and you may well find financiers competing to do business with your solid, well-established firm. The public markets also open up around this time. While up-front

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costs are high, initial public offerings give you access to the lowest-cost capital source of all, the stock and bond markets.

10TH YEAR TO RETIREMENT ”TIME TO MANAGE MATURITY“ With the maturity of becoming a decade-old company comes stability. That’s the good news. The bad news is that while your company stabilizes, markets continue to change, competitors arise, technologies disrupt and the world otherwise evolves. So the primary growth challenge in this era is to keep innovating. You’ve spent years building systems to formalize the way your company is run. Now take a look at what you’ve made with an eye to tearing at least some of it down. Channels of communication that worked well for years will be found to leave important constituencies out of the loop. Department leaders will be seen as more concerned with turf wars than growing the company. Policies that once promoted growth will be recognized as growth-retardants. Markets that once seemed they would expand forever suddenly mature themselves and become slow- or nogrowth ventures. This is often a hard phase for entrepreneurs to endure because everything they’ve built is now being re-evaluated. But the way you’ve always done it may no longer be good enough. Given that, it’s fortunate that now is the time for entrepreneurs to begin grooming a potential successor and initiate the process of stepping back from day-to-day operations. With new leadership coming on board and the founding entrepreneur taking a smaller role, it will be easier and more natural for the organization to embrace new ways of being. The tendency of many entrepreneurs is to select a successor who will do things just the way the entrepreneur would have done them. If the organization is having trouble adjusting to change, however, this is usually the wrong approach. The question is not what kind of person the founder is. The question is what kind of person the company needs. A visionary entrepreneur who can grasp the whole picture but isn’t good with specifics www.topchoiceawards.com


may have founded a company that is now in a mature industry and needs a detail-minded manager to squeeze all possible efficiency from the enterprise. Often the entrepreneur can’t properly ask or answer the question of what the company needs now and should assemble a group of people from inside and outside the company to research it. Even the perfect successor can rarely step into a company and run it as well as someone who has spent time learning how the company does things, what the problems with its products and markets may be, and what solutions have been tried. Of course, sometimes a complete new perspective unclouded by past events is beneficial. But usually a successor performs better if they’re trained in a broad spectrum of jobs within the company in various departments and at various levels over a period of years before he or she is ready to step into the lead role. Identifying and grooming a new successor is the first and most critical step to allowing an entrepreneur to step back from day-to-day company affairs. But it’s not the only one and, in many ways, it’s not the most difficult either. Many an heir apparent has turned out to be more apparent than heir because, when the moment arrived, the entrepreneur had not prepared either herself or the organization by moving toward the change in stages. One way to do this is to start taking vacations—real vacations—of increasing length, during which the successor is left in charge and the entrepreneur is only contacted if absolutely necessary.

MOVING ON: EXIT STRATEGIES The world’s oldest business is a Japanese temple construction company that has been run by the same family since 578 A.D. Your business may or may not last that long, but one thing is sure: You won’t be around to see it. Whether you plan to sell, close or pass the

business on to your children, it’s never too early to think about an exit strategy. Many owners of closely held businesses hope to pass their businesses on to the next generation of family leaders. If that’s what you’re planning, you should have begun grooming a successor during the years your business was maturing as described in the previous section. If not, start today! The process can take years. Having a well-prepared successor isn’t the whole story, however. You must also plan for the way in which you’ll actually hand over the reins. The best way is probably to announce in advance a date on which you’ll retire. When that day comes, leave the business and never return. You may make yourself available for consultation by the new leadership, but returning to the workplace and visibly participating in making decisions will only confuse everyone about who’s really in charge. Selling your business is another popular expectation of many entrepreneurs. Many potential buyers exist for well-run, profitable companies. They include other companies, both larger and smaller, investors in the public stock market, other entrepreneurs and your own employees. No matter who the buyer is, a successful sale usually begins years before the actual transaction. Business buyers are paying for the right to the future cash flows the business will generate. These cash flows must be significant enough to justify the purchase price, which is often based on a multiple of those projected cash flows. And you must be able to document the reasons you expect future cash flows will reach a certain level. That means careful record keeping, well-written operations manuals and thorough marketing and financial plans. Simply closing the business is also a viable choice. If you don’t have a viable successor and the business is unsuitable for sale, this may be your only option. The process is simple: Lay off your employees, sell the company assets, refer your customers to other suppliers, pay whatever bills remain, shut the doors and walk away. This is the most straightforward exit strategy, requiring the least forward planning and preparation and, if done properly, can be a satisfying conclusion to a rewarding entrepreneurial career. •

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n Indian fashion a “Chunri” is a decorative scarf or wrap that can be worn a variety of ways, either on the head as a veil or over the shoulders or arms. To Pinki Gulati, “Chunri represents respect and tradition, and evokes the feel of true Indian culture. Chunri provides latest collection inspired by art and history of Great India translated into every stitch and every weave. Styles that link past to the present. Reflecting your spirit and the vibrancy of age-old cultures.

His father started the business in 1950 in Jullundhar, Punjab. Gradually, his brothers joined him and eventually in 1978, Pinki joined the business also. There were two locations with the names “Gulati Cloth House” and “Golden Silk Store”. “Since this was a family business, I received first-hand knowledge and guidance from my father and brothers. Different colors and patterns always attracted my attention but manufacturing and purchasing are the secrets to my success.” In 2001, the family moved to Canada and set up shop in Brampton. Success soon followed due to their unique

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designer collections and selections unlike any other stores in North America. The result was expanding of the horizons as another location was opened in Vaughan. “Our customers tell us that our dress and accessories are addictions for them!” Repeat business is incredibly important for the company. Clients return again and again because of one thing, unique designs. Even the actor Shahrukh Khan used to visit with his wife Gauri, “even they appreciated the exclusivity of the designs”. “Thankfully we now have a name within the industry and now people approach us to design wardrobes and collections for them.” Also, Puja Gupta, Miss India Universe 2007 and representative of India in Miss Universe 2007 (one of the top ten contestants) likes to wear our collection. The design and merchandising team includes his wife and children, allowing another generation of the Gulati family to continue their grandfather’s work. Pinki’s daughter Neha, has done designing from Delhi and his son Ankit is a Gemologist who is now pursuing his career in Fashion Designing (from the IADT). For the future Gulati plans on opening location in New York and UK.

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Decór Terminal Décor Terminal owner Victor Tavares provides customers the highest quality materials from around the world, while Marina Interiors owner Marina Tavares provides clients the knowledge needed to make intelligible decoration decisions. Together, Décor Terminal & Marina Interiors provides you with everything you need to turn your home into a decorative masterpiece. BROADLOOM For floor fashion, the possibilities at Décor Terminal are endless. WINDOW COVERINGS From casual blinds to elegant draperies, we’ve got you (and your windows) covered. PAINTS Painting is the quickest, most cost-effective way to dramatically improve or change your environment; colour is a subtle yet fundamental design element.

HARDWOOD FLOORING To create warmth and richness, while adding value to your home or office, nothing can compare to the lustrous look of wood floors. TILES Sometimes we travel the world to find that which we are seeking awaits us at home… such is the case in the search for marble, slate, porcelain, ceramics, and vinyl tiles. FURNITURE From classic and elegant to modern and contemporary pieces, you will certainly find what you are looking for at Marina’s Interior Design. LAMPS, MIRRORS & PRINTS Small touches can make a dramatic impact with little effort; they add character and can really complement the focal point of your space. Come see us for our complete line of products.

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Top Aquarium Store Suppli

Big Al’s Aquarium Services www.BigAlsCanada.com (905) 851-1858 I N T E R E ST I N G FAC T S A B O U T B I G A L’ S AQ UA R I U M S U P E R C E N T R E

- Big Al’s sells approximately 15,000,000 fish per year and growing! - Big Al’s serves over 20,000 customers per week. - Big Al’s has more sharks on display than any other Aquarium Store, aside from Sea-Aquariums. - Presently Big Al’s has over 400,000 VIP Customers and growing.


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Big Al’s is pleased to announce Big Al’s unique livestock showrooms t h a t i t h a s r e c e i v e d t h e To p’ (“ENTER THE DEEP”) offers, the Choice Award by it’s customers. largest selection of fish and aquatic plants (“25,000 to 50,000 gallons Big Al’s has for over 31 years has of water displays.”) in a retail warebrought to its patrons’ the largest se- house store. Big Al’s Shark Tank and lection of aquariums, aquarium furni- Shark Feeding Frenzy is one of the ture and aquarium supplies, as well as weekly highlights of the fish-rooms. an extensive variety of marine fish, live corals, goldfish and tropical fish. Big Big Al’s takes great pride in the trainAl’s superstores are designed to bring ing of its technical service staff, so technical services, plus a vast variety that they can offer helpful advise on of equipment, to the first the extensive variety of equipment, time hobbyist and ulti- livestock, through its retail stores. Big mate marine specialist. Al’s buying power through the Direct Big Al’s is continuously Buy division headed by Tally Saul, growing with 21 loca- “Big Al’s offers a best price guarantions across North tee, and there is no formula stronger, America. Known at present, in the aquatic industry.” a s “ T h e Pon d and Aquarium P l u s , w w w. B i g A l s O n l i n e . c o m Hobby Spe- which is the e-commerce website c i a l i s t s ”. with over 11 million hits a month.

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elo Fashion is a family operated founded by Mrs. Maria Belo. Mrs. Belo began her business by selling clothing to a selected group of clients from the back of her station wagon. Her reputation for having affordable prices and excellent service became common knowledge in the Portuguese community. Her clients marveled at her ability to offer a variety of styles to suit their preferences and budgets. Through word of mouth and referrals, Mrs. Belo’s customer base grew rapidly. In 1975, Mrs. Belo opened up her first retail store, Casa Belo Dry Goods, in the Kensington Market area of Toronto. The store was an immediate

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success and her popularity grew rapidly. By 1980, Casa Belo Dry Goods expanded with the purchase of its own building at 946 Bloor St.West. Casa Belo Dry Goods began to operate from its Bloor West location as Belo Fashions specializing in bridal wear and ladies evening fashion. Mrs. Belo’s two daughters, Linda and Susan have joined their mother in operating the business. With their mother’s guidance and expertise, it is expected that Belo Fashions will continue to service the community for another 30 years. Mrs. Belo and her daughters are proud to serve and be part of the Portuguese community of Toronto.

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LO U RO JE W E LL E R S Top Jewellery Designer 1315 Bay St, Toronto (416) 961-4653 ww w.lourojewellers.com

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ouis Louro is CEO of Louro Jewellers Inc. and Tenda Do Louro Jewellery Museum. For ove r a centur y the Louro family’s name has been synonymous with fine metal works and fine jew ellery design, and in the past 25 years, based in Yorkvi lle-Toronto, Louro Jewellers has continued a tradition of excellence. Louis is a geologist and graduate jeweller, who is a frequent guest educational speaker in geology and jewellery to various schools and associa tions. Louis is a Canadian Award Winning Des igner whose designs have adorned memb ers of “... designs have adorned the Presley family, head of states and other members of the Presley family, Hollywood stars. In 2007 Louis receive d his third “Canadian Jewellers Choice head of states and other Award ” awarded by his peers and Louro Jew ellers Hollywood stars.” is now celebrating its 3rd consecutiv e Top Choice Award, having already been sel ected as the “Best of the Best Jeweller” and “Jeweller of the Year”, and now “Top Jewellery Design er”. The foundation of the TDL J Museum is Louis most recent endeavour, an institutional marvel which not onl y showcases but educates the histor y of Jewellery and Humanity.

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Marbles of Portugal was founded in 1987 by Amilcar “Mico” Jacinto, a Portuguese craftsman. Marbles import various granites directly from Brazil, India and Italy to meet the demand of a growing industry. Marbles of Portugal is serves its valued clients in Canada and the United States and works out of 12, 000 sq.ft facilities in located in Toronto.

Amilcar “Mico” Jacinto, Founder

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Celia CueVas global insurance solutions 1885 wilson ave. suite 207 toronto 416 744 2747 direct line 416 824 7520

Celia Cuevas immigrated to Canada from Mexico in 1981. At the time, she left a promising career as a flight attendant for an unknown future in Canada. Upon arrival she worked various jobs in order to obtain that “valuable� Canadian experience. Celia worked as a social worker for Community Services in Toronto for several years and soon realized she loved dealing with people. She decided the best way to make a difference was to get into the insurance industry to assist individuals in obtaining financial protection for them and their families.

3800 agents across Canada for Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company. Besides being heavily involved in the Latin Community in the GTA, Ms. Cuevas also hosts a Spanish radio show every Friday on AM1610. Topics are geared towards motivating immigrant women. Special guests relay their life experiences to encourage our new citizens not to lose sight of their dreams. Celia’s inspirations are her children, Monique and Eric.

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Sam Santos/JC Pimentel Photography For over 27 years, Marek Z. Tufman has been providing legal services to Polish Canadians for 27 years.

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SPa lUmina 74 Cedar Pointe Dr. Unit 1004, Barrie 705 721 7775 • www.SpaLumina.com

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The focus for Spa Lumina has always been to find the best in light based skin treatments for our clients,”

states Dr. Gandhi, Medical Director of Spa Lumina. The root of the clinic name comes from “lumen” which is the Latin word for light. Over the past three years Spa Lumina has established itself as Barrie’s leading Medical Spa, providing its clients with a wide variety of services including Botox, Fillers, laser hair reduction, laser vein removal, chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, skin resurfacing, skin tightening, and most recently, a wide variety of Aesthetics services. These advanced cosmetic treatments were traditionally considered exclusive only for the wealthy and the famous, but with improvements in technology, and increasing social acceptance, these treatments have now become more accessible and appealing to the general public. In recent years, there has been a large increase in the number of spas and clinics offering laser and other advanced treatments. The majority of such clinics are reputable and work hard to satisfy the needs of their clients. However, some have taken advantage of lax regulations to increase their profit margins, in a very competitive market. It is currently legal in Ontario for anyone to purchase a cosmetic laser and operate it without any training as there are no government regulations to monitor this industry. Spa Lumina’s focus and priority has always been taking care of each client who chooses to have treatments performed there. It is mandatory that whoever wants to have an advanced treatment w•ina’s nurse (Loribeth) or Dr. Gandhi himself. In fact, both Loribeth and Dr. Gandhi are now certified trainers for Cutera (the manufacturer of Spa Lumina’s laser) and are able to train others in techniques developed exclusively at Spa Lumina. Spa Lumina’s success has also been mirrored by the success of Dr. Gandhi. In a very short period of time, Dr. Gandhi has developed techniques that have made him a much sought after trainer and speaker. He has lectured to doctors on his techniques for skin rejuvenation from Vancouver in the west, to Alabama in the South and Dubai in the east. “Our focus has always been on providing safe, but leading edge techniques to clients,” he says. “We’ve been able to create unique combinations of laser technologies in a safe manner, to deliver more remarkable results for our clients.”

“We believe that our focus on quality treatments as well as the professional and experienced staff we employ is the reason we have been honoured with the Top Choice award,” states Dr. Gandhi. So what is next for Spa Lumina, the Top Choice for laser hair removal in Barrie? Spa Lumina is planning an expansion of their facilities to accommodate the increasing demand for their services. An aesthetician has been hired as many clients are requesting general aesthetic services. Dr. Gandhi has also assisted in co-developing a line of skin care products, Zahrah Skincare, to augment the laser treatments and help maintain the treatment results for as long as possible. Amongst all of these new horizons, they will continue to focus on their first and foremost priority, the clients who make Spa Lumina their Top Choice for these services.


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A ll of our env ironments foster courtesy, respect, responsibility and confidence. In acquiring these values, the children come to understand the importance of relationships and their personal role in caring for other people, themselves and the environment.

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OUR VISION All Individuals recognize and develop their potential, demonstrate good character, and make a positive contribution to society.

OUR MISSION We have a passion for excellence in everything we do. We provide quality and choice in care and Education. Our environments foster courtesy, repect, responsibility and the development of confidence. We create opportunities to enhance leadership qualities and good character.

OUR ROLE Our role is to challenge, guide and support individuals in the development of character and leadership ability by helping them: • • • • • • •

think for themselves make good choices set goals make plans problem solve take responsibility experience success

PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Licensed Home Child Care Early Literacy Programs Everyday TLC (Teaching, Learning, Caring) Enriched Toddler Program Pre-School Step Ahead Program Kindergarten Program Before and After School Kids’ Club Summer Day Camp Hidden Bay Leadership Camp Future Aces Program

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Top Limousine Services

Thank you!

Erinmills Limousine is honoured to be named the Top Choice for best limo company. We truly appreciate your recognition of our services and look forward to continuing to serve the Greater Toronto Area with great vehicles and professional drivers. Our mission has always been to provide an extra special transportation experience for each of our guests, no matter the frequency of their visits. We thank our clients for voting for us as the Top Choice for best limo company and are proud to serve the community.

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MAKE IT EXTRA SPECIAL, WITH ERINMILLS LIMOUSINE Erinmills Limousine is a growing luxury transportation company that has been serving the Greater Toronto Area for the last 7 years. Our highly trained chauffeurs and meticulously maintained vehicles ensure a memorable experience for all your special occasions. At Erinmills Limousine, our success is measured by your success. We understand the importance of each and every trip you entrust us with and so we work hard every day to delight you with our executive transportation services. Make it extra special, with Erinmills Limousine.

We specialize in:

WEDDINGS Erinmills Limousine specializes in providing quality transportation services for one of the most memorable days of your life – your wedding day. From the bachelor-bachelorette party to serving the bride and groom before and after the reception, we have the experience and dedication to ensure you receive the best limo service available. Our chauffeurs will arrive dressed in tuxedos and can fully equip your special car with Champagne, ice and glassware.

PROMS Erinmills Limousine can help you make your grand entrance on your prom night. Our vehicles are luxurious, highly desirable and will leave a lasting impression on your friends. Professionally trained chauffeurs, clean vehicles and 24 hour reservations provide a level of service unsurpassed in the Greater Toronto area.

SPECIAL EVENTS Mark your special day with the luxurious travel experience provided by Erinmills Limousine, the preferred limousine provider in the Greater Toronto area. Whether you are planning a night out on the town, a romantic dinner for two or a social gathering, Erinmills has all your needs covered. We can include a variety of amenities in your vehicle of choice – TV, sound systems, DVD/CD players, Champagne and anything else to add to your special event. Our limo buses can accommodate up to 32 passengers – so no one will be left out of the fun.

CORPORATE We can offer you a vehicle and chauffeur at your beck and call for as long as you require. Our corporate clients take advantage of great rates on airport services and transportation to their corporate events. Depending on your requirements, hourly rates are available. If your corporate plans require flexibility, Erinmills Limousine is the transportation company to call. We will ensure that you arrive on time and that all your travel expectations are exceeded. With Erinmills Limousine, you can sit back and enjoy a truly relaxing ride. Our consultants are available to help you choose the right vehicles for your special day! We are proud of our diversified fleet, with some of the best vehicles in the area including luxurious sedans, stretched limos and SUV’s, limo buses and vintage cars. The Erinmills Limousine fleet is one of the newest in the area with 8 new additions just this year – so there is always a great vehicle waiting for you.

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From natural mother, to natural student, to Natural Touch: a bio of Lena Del Priore. Natural Touch Owner and Founder Lena Del Priore was born and raised in St. Catherines, Ontario. Lena is the oldest of three siblings, Italian-born parents. Until 1999, Lena led her life alongside her husband as a loving stay-at-home mother to thier three children. It was this year that Lena made the choice that would forever change her future, she went back to school. Lena was drawn into the field of aesthetics and was a natural, graduating with honours from the Advanced Aesthetics program at the Alexandrian Institute. She further honed her skills by earning her diploma in the Electrolysis program at Canadian Aesthetics Academy and is an active member of the Federation of Electrolysis Association, Ontario Chapter. Continuing to build her education in the field, Lena became a certified Laser Technician through training at Co-herent Medical Group in Toronto, using the most effective medical laser, the Light Sheer Diode System.

Natural Touch is Niagara Region’s Top Choice for Aesthetics; we provide a complete range of Aesthetics services, with the Natural Touch you deserve. The Natural Touch experience provides a private atmosphere and uncompromised attention to your needs.

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Hair Removal Electro-coagulation Microdermabrasion Micro pigmentation Ion Cleanse Sauna Treatments Hand and Foot Treatments Facials Massage

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torburn is a well established general contracting firm located in the heart of Lake Country in Central Ontario.

WE BUILD QUALITY. Just imagine - a builder who can turn your dreams into reality. When you work with Storburn, you are working with a team that has the commitment to quality and the technical expertise to meet the unique needs of your project. Our strong background in both residential and commercial building projects means we know how to create the best team to give you the best results. “The project has been most successful. Storburn has been very cooperative, providing excellent service and quality workmanship. We look forward to the opportunity of working with Storburn again.”

commitment to your project. And when it comes to costs, we have the flexibility to work with you to meet your budget goals. Our system ensures that you will always know exactly what you are paying for - with no surprises. “Storburn is to be complimented for their ability to set a budget, work to it and complete the work on time in a first rate manner.” - R. H. Young, Architect

WE BUILD SATISFIED CUSTOMERS. Our referral service is our best marketing tool! We pride ourselves on being able to build a positive construction experience for all of our customers. By building our service on honesty, respect and hard work, our customers enjoy peace of mind, while seeing their vision become reality.

- G. Gordon, Architect

WE BUILD ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. We do what we say we will do! We are strongly focused on the timelines we set in order to meet our

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“The family is very happy and extends their thanks for the excellent job Storburn has done.” - Crawford Consulting Centre

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TOP Uniform Supplier

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t all began in 1925 when our founder, Frank Steiner, set up a small textile rental plant in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. The early years focused on a single location, but opportunity abounded beginning with the rapid growth of the Alberta oil boom in the 1950’s. Frank’s son, George, recognized the potential in Canada and established eight new locations throughout the decade. Today, we have 21 processing plants and 14 special sales and ser vice centres strategically located throughout Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. We prov i d e wor k u n i for m s , re s t au r ant linens and doormats to more the 80,000 commercial business customers. C a n a d i a n L i n e n a n d Un i f o r m w i l l c o n t i n u e i n t o t h e n e x t c e n t u r y,

pursuing the hig hest le vel of s erv ice p er fe c t ion for its many va lue d customers. We will, however, always recognize the importance of our many capable and dedicated associates who ensure that our customers receive the quality of ser vice they expect and the courtesy they deserve.

MEETING GROWING DEMANDS To d ay, m o r e t h a n e v e r, b u s i n e s s e s compete for customers and qualified employees. More are turning to us for apparel programs that create distinct company images, enhance employee benefit packages and meet government


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A s k r a p m S regulations. Over the years, w e’v e s e e n w h at w o r k app are l go e s t h rou g h . In re sponse to this, we manufacture garments to our own tough s p e c i f i c a t i o n s . We p r o v i d e garments that work hard - day a f t e r d ay, w a s h a f t e r w a s h w it h out s a c r i f i c i ng c om for t .

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Tony E. Miranda, President/Owner Top Window & Door Company

Miranda Windows & Doors 905 896 7974 • www.mirandawindows.com Miranda Windows & Doors™ is one of Ontario’s leading window and door enterprises. Miranda Windows & Doors™ is a family owned and operated business built on foundations of hard work and traditional values. Tony E. Miranda President and Owner of Miranda Windows & Doors™ takes great pride in providing his customers with superior service and high quality Genuine Miranda Products and Installations™. The company builds its reputation one customer at a time.

road to success. He began to slowly build his clientele but always with the understanding that there was much yet to learn. By working with other companies, he learned from their successes, but most of all he understood their failures. He learned from these experiences and applied this knowledge to his own business in order to provide his customers only with the best that they deserve. Today, Tony continues to strive to be the number one choice in the community for windows and doors.

Tony E. Miranda began at a young age with the concept of providing consumers with state of the art products, complemented by exceptional installations and customer service.

Miranda Windows & Doors™ continues to be a distinctive force in the window and door industry with always taking the initiative to provide their customers with a unique experience when choosing to add beauty and value to their home. Miranda Windows & Doors™ is the first and only prestige company that provides free in home estimates with their

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state of the art Genuine Miranda Mobile Showroom™ this unique showroom provides customers with samples of all Miranda Windows & Doors™ products in the comfort of their home.

“The unique Miranda® logo is the stamp of authenticity and excellence. It is the mark of excellence that distinguishes the Genuine Miranda Products and Installations™ from the rest.” - Tony E. Miranda The company continues to surpass the competition with their impressive fleet and advanced installation techniques. The installation crews at Miranda Windows & Doors™ have been trained by Tony E. Miranda himself, in order to provide the highest standard of professionalism and performance. WWW.TOPCHOICEAWARDS.COM


Dental Centre miranDa Brill Dental WinDoWS & DoorS (416) 534-4951 555-555-5555 1017 Bloor St W 123 Address Road, Suite 55 Toronto Toronto

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Dr. David Brill received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1986; both from the University of Toronto. Dr. Brill is a member of the Ontario Dental Association and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. Since 2003, Dr. Brill has traveled abroad to focus his practice on the surgical placement of dental implants, with hard and soft tissue engineering, and prosthetic reconstruction. Other areas of general practice are also offered by Dr. Brill including oral and periodontal surgery, endodontics, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry, for both adults and children. Dr. Brill’s practice was founded by his late father, Dr. Robert Brill who served the community until 2000 with kindness and compassion. In 2005, Dr. David Brill established “BRILL Dental” which is located at 1017 Bloor street west in Toronto. Dr. Brill is married and has three children. Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance. Today’s advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience

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Missing teeth, gaps between teeth, general bite dysfunction Chipped, cracked or worn teeth Unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings Permanently stained or discolored teeth Crooked or crowded teeth

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David Brill, B.Sc., D.D.S.

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(416) 534-4951 1017 Bloor Street West, Toronto


IBX Services www.IBX.ca

944 A St. Clair Ave W, Toronto 416-252-5959 • 1-800-962-7814

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Services are proud and honored to accept the Top Choice Award, Mark of Excellence in the GTA for 2007, as a result of their great customer service, many years of experience and excellent work performance.


GTA Invites World-Class Service IBX Services Answers The Call IBX Services was founded by the Xhelili family in 1980 in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Their goal was to have a genuine family business which would provide 100% satisfaction and reach as many customers, who desire great customer service, as possible. The business gained a very good reputation as a carpet, upholstery and air duct cleaning company all over the country. The competition in this type of business has become enormous, but they have managed to succeed and reach their dreams and goals with the help of their staff, family, friends and especially their valued customers who have gained their trust and respect throughout the years.

Currently IBX Services ranks as one of the best Residential, Commercial and Industrial carpet, upholstery and air duct cleaning companies all over the GTA and the surrounding areas. The company also provides Fire & Water Damage, 24 hour Emergency Services, as well as painting & renovations. The company has trained, tested, experienced & certified technicians on board from the Institute of Cleaning Inspection & Restoration Certification who love their job and are committed to their work and customers. The customer service staff provides professional and friendly service the customers can rely on. IBX is always searching for the newest technology, equipment & natural based products to perform the highest job quality and 100% Satisfaction Guarantee service.

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They are Growing... are you? By: David Silvestre

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s part of nature water is the only substance that you can't break or grab, as a result we have the two ways of experiencing water; the soft way and the hard way!. Water can give or take life, it can help or destroy, so now is your choice to go with the wave or be drowned by it!! Yes, it is official, the computers are technology that will be part of your daily life, Cell phones are transforming into mini-laptops and laptops are becoming minidesktops, putting internet access at your fingertips every moment of the day. We can’t be stubborn and try to avoid it, we must embrace the new wave and use it to enhance our personal life and business. Otherwise, there is no guarantee for the future of your business and the ones you care about. STOP and think for a minute take a look around you and see... children are the future and they will take over the world we left for them, but we sometimes fail to realize that their world is not the same as ours! Think about when you were a child; could you ever call your parents on a cell phone? Likely not… but today’s kids do and they even have video calling. When was the WWW.TOPCHOICEAWARDS.COM

last time you went to your child’s room? It’s like a private office! Laptop, printer, internet access, and even a high-res web cam for video chatting with their friends on the other side of the world… for free. Do you use these tools in your business? The worlds boundaries are fading as countries like Chile and Japan, separated by distance and language, can share information and ideas with each other. Globalization and communication are only some of the benefits of this new wave, because the Creation of new jobs and increasing awareness will only reduce costs of living which reflect a better economy. Going back in time, when I was a child I was very much impressed by the remote control that could change the TV channel, saving me the trip to the TV every time I wanted to see something new. Now the same remote is becoming a universal tool to control much, much more.

future of technology is NOW! The point I am trying to make is that the human body is the most perfect “computer” ever! We must consider that all technology is merely an extension of the human body and represents human intelligence. We must use technology as an extension of ourselves, tools to do more, faster and more accurate than ever. The world is only as big as our mind, for some it’s the size of a city, others a country and others the globe. This article is simply to create awareness of the new wave that is slowly infiltrating our lives; it is here to make it easier, so do not neglect it! If used properly it will benefit generations to come. •

Today I am no longer surprised that my kids don't get surprised with almost anything, it’s just so normal for them to play interactive games on a 90' flat screen, where they play interactive games through wireless cameras that detect their body movement and react as a human body and suddenly I realize!! The TOP CHOICE MAGAZINE, FALL 2007

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ToP Wine & Beer maKing eQuiPmenT & suPPlies

(705) 734-9349 31 Comerce Park Drive, Barrie Wine making should be enjoyable, almost as enjoyable as drinking it! Whether you come in to one of our locations and choose from our selection of juice blends and concentrates from around the world, or make it from fruit in your back yard, one thing’s for sure, at Winescape you can make YOUR wine, YOUR way. We have the knowledge, experienced staff and fully-equipped facilities to make your wine making journey an enjoyable experience. The team at Winescape would like to thank our clients, the ones who recognize our attention to detail and many years of dedication to the wine crafting industry. This award is not due to my efforts alone; rather it is a reflection of my dedicated teammates Barb, Anne, Bobbie-Joe, all of whom work diligently to keep our business (and sometimes myself) on track. Family is important to Winescape and without the support of Michelle (my wife) and the understanding of our children, Erik and Tara, I would not have been able to commit so much of my time and energy to running this business. My love for my business is only second to my love for my family. Thanks also go out to my Mom & Dad and Ann & Wayne for helping me out whenever I asked, and even when I didn’t. To all of the people who have made their wine with us throughout the years, we are truly thankful.

Your perfect wine is waiting to be made. www.WineScape.ca


Sal Lipari, Owner

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“CEO’s and companies of all sizes today are facing the challenges of an increasingly competitive global economy. While many corporations have taken on various initiatives to continue to grow corporate earnings and shareholder value, some have discovered the strategic value of corporate awards.” Steven Gaydos Executive Editor of variety.com states: “Over the last decade, winning a best picture Oscar has produced a worldwide box off ice bump worth an average of nearly $150 million.” Does your company know the strategic value of corporate awards? Hollywood celebrities and Top singers know the value of an Award. A win or nomination brings not only recognition of the highest tribute for acting talent, but a solid future of movie contracts and larger income.

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A research study by Hendricks & Singhal of the University of Western Ontario and Georgia Institute of Technology, revealed more than 600 award winners had 37% more sales growth and 44% higher stock price return than their peers.

Monica Couto says: “Recent research by Top Choice Awards has indicated that the Top Choice Award, when used correctly, offers many benefits to enhance performance from the meeting room to the front lines of its recipients but only 25% of recipients are using the full potential of this power-full tool. The study indicates that most of the TCA winners are using this achievement for personal motivation and underestimate the influence of this award on the market This award was designed to reinforce your Image by giving voice to a third-party that speaks for you; to Attract & Retain talent, because every successful company or professional depends on dedicate staff; to Gain a Sales Advantage, when used effectively it becomes a powerful tool to aid and close business deals; to Expand Public Relations, a leader must fi rst understand the value of award competitions, the publicity surrounding awards presentations validates your work and enhances the ability to meet and keep good and profitable relationships.” The Top Choice Award is the Mark of Excellence, guiding customers to the Top Business and Professionals. •


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Mr. Branco has also been actively involved in his community and is a past Director of Abrigo Centre, the Portuguese Canadian Credit Union and Portuguese Social Services of Toronto, where he also operated a free immigration clinic. He was also the founder of Acacia Rubra, an emergency relief effort for victims of floods in Mozambique and his fi rm is a sponsor of World Vision. Mr. Branco has volunteered in several fund raising committees for non-profitable groups, and has also volunteered with the Toronto Police Victim Services.

After arriving in Canada in 1982 Mr. Branco joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada until he left the Department in 1988 to join an Immigration Consulting fi rm in Toronto In 1991 Mr. Branco established Luis Branco & Associates which has developed a reputable consulting practice and successfully represented a large number of clients, primarily in the Portuguese speaking communities. Mr. Branco is a member of the Canadian Society of Immigra-

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Top Real Estate Broker

Fernando Perri Your family realtor for life

Forty years ago when Fernando Perri’s parents immigrated to Canada from Italy with their five-yearold son, they could not have imagined how proud Fernando would become of living in Canada. “Being Canadian is clearly distinct from being American,” notes Fernando “the many cultures represented in the Greater Toronto area combine to provide a positive ethnic synergy.” Fernando has been a licensed realtor since 1981, and has been licensed as a broker since 1984. His enthusiasm for Canada, and Toronto in particular, is clearly demonstrated in his approach to helping clients the home of their dreams. Using his contacts with custom builders, Fernando also provides a customized service assisting clients with locating older houses that can be knocked down to accommodate a customized new home within their budget. “Quite often the product my client needs is not on the market,” says Fernando “but we can create it.” Fernando is an active member of The Canadian Real Estate Association, the Ontario Real Estate Association, and the Toronto Real Estate Board. Fernando adheres to a code of ethics and standards of business practice, ensuring the highest level of service, honesty and integrity. Fernando has also been awarded membership in “Canada’s Most Referred Realtors” organization from 1998 to 2004, a membership determined by feedback from other agents regarding who they would choose if they needed a realtor. This distinction clearly indicates Fernando’s positive work ethics, and demonstrates the respect he has earned from his colleagues. Fernando is dedicated to ensuring his clients’ needs are fulfilled. Fernando’s friendly nature ensures the chemistry is there to build the rapport that will ensure his clients’ needs are met. “My primary objective is happy clients,” Fernando says. “For any aspect of my clients’ realty-related needs, I can provide assistance,” Clients appreciate his connections in locating renovators, painters or other services to complement realty services. Fernando combines his professional approach with compassion, understanding that realty transactions can occasionally become a stressful time in his clients’ lives. Fernando’s business has evolved to a point where 75 to 80 percent of his client base is comprised of past clients and referrals, a testament to his contribution to the process. “I have developed my business on a strong referral base and repeat clients. My focus is to develop life-long relationships with my clients. Fernando also welcomes new clients, and can provide service in English, Italian and Spanish. Raised with traditional Italian family values, he finds merit in hard work, honesty, integrity and respect. Fernando’s service-oriented approach combined with his tremendous knowledge of real estate market conditions, and his 23 years of experience, are all characteristics that set him apart from other realtors. Fernando’s website, www.fernandoperri.ca, provides clients with a wealth of information to support their realty needs, and ensures full details about listings he is currently marketing can be provided to prospective buyers. WWW.TOPCHOICEAWARDS.COM

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Jeff Lal is honoured to receive the Top Choice Award for Business Man of the Year, as chosen by the South Asian business community.


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in the world,” explains Dr. Stein, “what really sets us apart

as the experts in Laser Eye Surgery. Celebrating its 75th

is our expertise partnered with the most advanced laser

anniversary recently, Bochner is the oldest established laser

technology available.” Technologies like the new Intralase

eye treatment center in North America.

equipment. The Intralase® laser is the safest, most effective

“We have thousands of satisfied patients from all over the world — 40 countries and counting —to have laser eye surgery,” says Dr. Raymond Stein. “However, the most

all laser LASIK technique. This technology provides improved safety, better vision, higher degrees of predictability and precision.

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and disorders of the eye at the earliest stages.

teams of Harold and Raymond Stein, and Albert and Jordan Cheskes trained at the world renowned Mayo Clinic. They

“Innovation, safety, experience, dependability, and

also hold professorships at the University of Toronto and have

the longevity that comes with years of experience and

collaborated on an impressive 35 texts — the most academic

thousands of happy patients are what keep the Bochner

books attributed to a private institution in North America.

Eye Institute at the forefront of laser technology in Canada,”

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the quality of our surgeons,” notes Dr. Harold Stein. “Patients

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THE JAYMOR GROUP’S MISSION Our mission is to acquire undervalued, well positioned quality assets, and apply our proven strategies so as to maximize returns and capital appreciation.

THE COMPANY Founded in 1989, The Jaymor Group is a Canadian company with real estate assets in excess of $220 million under management. Since inception, Jaymor has developed into one of Canada’s premier real estate investment companies, having built a proven track record of successfully syndicated multi-family residential investment properties in North Carolina, Florida and Texas. Expertise in these markets, combined with relationships with financial institutions, property managers, brokers and developers, has allowed Jaymor to remain informed of prevailing market conditions and trends. In addition, the company has taken its development division to new heights. Jaymor Developments has established itself as a noteworthy builder of large scale apartments, luxury condominiums and townhomes in both Canada and the United States.

PROVEN TRACK RECORD The Jaymor Group’s offerings have continued to provide investors with superior real estate investments that have: •

Substantially outperformed financial projections

Successfully refinanced and distributed surplus funds to investors

Continued building equity while providing tax relief

This illustration highlights previous real estate syndications, comparing their projected net returns versus the actual returns.* As you can clearly see, Jaymor has built a stellar track record of providing investments that have consistently exceeded projections.

WHY INVEST WITH THE JAYMOR GROUP? The Jaymor Group is taking advantage of this exciting market by actively buying properties with an eye to adding value. Jaymor’s success is based on our ability to acquire and develop properties at the optimum price; to maximize returns through aggressive professional property management; and to implement successful exit strategies, which are carefully planned from the time of acquisition. Most importantly, The Jaymor Group has stood the test of time. Since 1989, we have proven our capacity for outstanding performance in every economic climate. We have the reputation, the diversity, and the integrity needed in a real estate investment firm. Our strict criteria for investments and our high ethical standards are your best assurance of maximum return on your money. At The Jaymor Group, we are confident that you will benefi t from our solid foundation of success and our strategic approach to investments for the future.

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Top Choice Magazine - Vol. 01 No. 01 - Spring 2011